Imagine standing in front of a judge who you declined to do a song for and they are the same judge that decides whether or not you will walk home. Well, that is what Philadelphia’s own rapper, Robert Williams a.k.a. Meek Mill encountered on Monday, November 6.
Meek Mill was arrested due to a violation of his probation for a 2009 crime he committed involving guns and drugs. He was sentenced up to 4 years.
Mill’s judge, who has handled his case since 2009, Judge Genece E. Brinkley, is allegedly connected with Meek Mill. His lawyer, Joe Tacopina told TMZ, “Last year, Mr. Meek Mill met with Judge Brinkley. She asked if he could do a remake of On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men and mention her name in it.” Tacopina further explains, “Meek refused and did not take her seriously [only to be met with her response to] ‘suit yourself.’”
Many of Meek Mill’s fans did not like the sentencing. They put together a rally at City Hall in Philadelphia. Many musicians and athletes spoke out about the prison sentence.
Well-known rapper Rick Ross spoke at the rally. He said with utmost respect “I’m here for one reason: I’m here to support my brother, Meek Mill. I want y’all to understand that if it takes Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others.”
Jay-Z also responded, calling the sentence, “unjust and heavy handed.” Even many of the Philadelphia’s own professional sports athletes showed support. Members of the Philadelphia Eagles held up signs while chanting, “Free Meek.”
As of right now, Meek Mill will be serving his 2-4 years in a Philadelphia state prison. However, the FBI is holding Judge Genece E. Brinkley under investigation. It may take up to 3 years to get Judge Brinkley kicked off the case.